The UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea today (6/8/2016) issued its second report on Eritrea, a very young and independent-minded African nation, once again distorting the facts on the ground. As expected, the new report is no more evidence-based, balanced, or contextually-grounded, or constrained by the requirements of such investigative tools as impartiality and verifiability--than the last one to correctly reflect the reality in Eritrea. Furthermore, its conclusion that it "has reasonable grounds to believe that crimes against humanity, … have been committed in Eritrea since 1991" contradicts the reality that exists in Eritrea and is part of a well-orchestrated political campaign by those powers that has hijacked the UN system and are not happy to see Eritrea working hard to ensure the rights and dignity of all of its citizens.
The people of Eritrea have shouldered heavy tribulations in the past seventy years. Their ordeal has few parallels in contemporary history.
In the 1940’s, when decolonization was the order of the day in Africa and elsewhere in the world, Eritrea was singled out for a discriminatory treatment by the United Nations when this august body was entrusted to decide its fate. As it happened, Eritrea’s right to independence from vanquished Italian colonial rule was squashed - while Libya and Somalia where granted independence - in order to mollify the overriding “strategic interests of the United States” in the context of a simmering Cold War. In the infamous words of U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles, at the time, "…From the point of view of justice, the opinion of the Eritrean people must receive consideration. Nevertheless, the strategic interests of the United States in the Red Sea Basin and world peace make it necessary that the country be linked with our ally Ethiopia."
For Immediate Release
April 21, 2016
Eritreans and friends of Eritrea from across the world have launched a petition to condemn repeated attempts by two UN-affiliated integrity-challenged bodies to malign the young nation of Eritrea under the cover of human Rights. The petition calls on the United Nations Human Rights Council to reject the biased reports of the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea and the Special Rapporteur Shiela Keetharuth. It also urges the Council to terminate the politically-motivated mandates of these two bodies and to work instead for engagement and cooperation with Eritrea so that the real struggle for human rights could be realized, not only in Eritrea but also in the rest of the Horn of Africa region.